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Hooray for Bollywood: The Aki Kumar Bollywood Blues Band hits Nevada City


WHAT: The Aki Kumar Bollywood Blues Band

WHERE: Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 225 1/2 Broad Street, Nevada City

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, Doors 7 p.m., Music 8 p.m.

TICKETS: $20 online, oddfellowsnc.wordpress.com, BriarPatch Food Co-op. $25 at the door.

INFO: 530-265-3900 or email ralph@hughes.net

Aki Kumar returns to the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall with an outstanding outfit on Saturday, April 20, 2019, blending Chicago and West Coast blues with Bollywood themes from his childhood experience in Bombay.

Aki has been on the blues scene for over a decade. Yes a relative newcomer, but journeyman harp player who has embraced old school, Chicago blues, while hanging out with the great West Coast bluesmen and incorporating that sound into his unique take on the blues.

This special event will feature Aki’s special Bollywood combo which comes together mostly to play pieces found on his “Aki Goes To Bollywood” and “Hindi Man Blues” recordings, playing great blues, sometimes sung in Hindi, and takeaways from Aki’s days living in Bombay (okay, Mumbai). Additionally, Aki can be heard on “Don’t Hold Back,” his first CD, “It Takes Three,” featuring Aki, Gary Smith, godfather of West Coast blues harp, and Aki’s mentor, David Barrett. Additionally Aki can be heard on many other CDs too numerous to mention.

This is a blues show but with a twist that only Aki can provide. His group is the only one playing this sub-genre. Check out Aki’s videos for a taste of what you will hear.

Accompanying Aki will be drummer extraordinaire, June Core, who has backed Robert Lockwood Jr. and Johnny Shines, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, James Cotton, Laverne Baker and Angela Strehli . He is also in Charlie Musslewhite’s touring band.

Bass man, Vance Ehlers, played in the Grammy Award winning Little Charlie and The Nightcats and is a go-to session player featured on several Greaseland studios recordings.

Rounding out the show is 24-year-old Russian guitarist Rome Yamilov, equally at ease with the lowdown blues as he is with heavy metal, psychedelic rock and ambient electronica. The talented and versatile Yamilov is one of the youngest and most exciting entrants into today’s thriving, cross-cultural, West Coast blues scene. Already a master of the guitar, Rome has a long and impressive list of classic blues guitar as his influences – T-bone Walker, Albert King, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood Jr. Among the current generation of blues guitar greats, Rome lists Kid Andersen, Chris James and Rockin’ Johnny Burgin as his big inspirations.

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